Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 12183
Could password field display *'s for each character?
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:27:15 EDT
During an install, I had entered an 8-char root password twice and moved on
to later screens, when I remembered something I needed to change from an
earlier screen. "Back" worked fine to get me there; I made the change and
started OK'ing screens to move forward again.
When I got to the root password screen again, the fields appeared blank, so
the dilemma is: is there something there or not? I assumed not, so I
entered the 8-char root password again.
When the install was done and upon reboot, the 8-char password didn't work,
but if I repeated it (16 chars) it worked correctly. Clearly the previous
entry was in the buffer when I returned to the screen, but there was no way
to know that.
It seems to me that password fields should display *'s for each character,
so you can see if the field is empty or not. If not, then I think the
fields should be cleared upon revisiting the screen. If neither of these,
confusion will result, and the user may end up locked out of the root
This will be added for consideration for future releases.
Fixed in Pinstripe.